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    Lecture: Chasing Ants (And Their Microbes) in the Rainforest

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Microbes play critical roles in the biology and health of human beings, but we are not the only species that benefits from intimate relationships with microbes. Ants, for instance, rely on the microbial communities living in their guts to process food and make strong armor.

    Corrie Moreau will discuss this unique aspect of ant biology and what it tells us about the diversity and dominance of ants in terrestrial ecosystems, the evolutionary history of social insects, and the broad-scale evolutionary patterns of life.

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    Film Screening: The Barber of Siberia

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Join the Davis Center for a film screening for "The Barber of Siberia." This 1998 Russian film follows the story of Jane Callahan (Julia Ormond), a beautiful American woman, writes to her son, a cadet at a famous military academy, about a long kept secret. Twenty years ago she arrived in Russia to assist Douglas McCracken (Richard Harris), an obsessive engineer who needs the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich's patronage to sponsor his invention, a massive machine to harvest the forests. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life forever: a handsome young...

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    Lecture: Self-Domestication in Bonobos and Other Wild Animals

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Domesticated animals such as dogs, pigs, and horses often sport floppy ears, patches of white hair, and other features that are unknown in their wild ancestors. These traits—collectively referred to by scientists as a “domestication syndrome”—are the result of breeding less aggressive individuals.

    Drawing from his new book, The Goodness Paradox (2019, Pantheon Books), Richard Wrangham will show that our cousin apes, the bonobos, also exhibit a domestication syndrome, making them the first clear example of a “wild domesticate.” Self-domestication in the wild now seems...

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    Lecture: TEd’A arquitectes

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a public lecture delivered by TEd'A arquitectes, a tiny award-wining practice based in Mallorca, Spain. The work of TEd'A arquitectes was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (winner of the Golden Lion), the Catalan-Balearic Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the itinerant exhibition ‘Sensitive Matter: Young Catalan Architects, 2010-2012', among others.

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    Indigenous and Black Communities in Contemporary Brazil: Intolerance and Racism

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Anthropologist João Pacheco de Oliveira will discuss Brazil government’s policy for indigenous and black communities known as “pacification.” Drawing from his award-winning book, O Nascimento do Brasil e outros ensaios (Contra Capa, 2016), he offers an alternative interpretation of Brazilian history from the viewpoint of its native peoples. Using ethnographic comparisons between indigenous groups and black communities living in Brazilian suburbs and favelas, he will highlight the persistence of colonial practices in the prevailing forms of prejudice, racism, and intolerance in...

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    Lecture: CHERMANY > A PERUVIAN GRAFIK XPERIENZ

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    Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Cherman (Germán Quino Ganoza) is a graphic artist known for his portraits of more than 300 Peruvian cultural, historical, and political icons. Influenced by comics, cartoons, TV series, urban life, and gastronomy, Cherman’s work aims to showcase and reflect the multifaceted dimensions of Peruvian society and identity—often with humor and incisive social commentary.

    Cherman will reflect on his art over the past 30 years, discuss the roots of his pop aesthetic, and share the philosophy behind his current work in Chermany, an imagined nation where graphic art exists in...

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    Open House Lecture: Marc and Matthias Armengaud

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    AWP is now an office for territorial reconfiguration, with lush projects in magazines (and even in real places). But at first there was a punk band, translating off-grid experiences into click'n'cut jazz with a twist of slowed down Rumba. Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for this semester's Open House lecture delivered by Marc and Matthias Armengaud, founders of AWP.

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    The Making of a Theban Tomb Chapel

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    Harvard Northwest Science Building, Room B101, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Thebes, one of Egypt’s largest archaeological sites, is famous for its numerous tombs and temples that offer an unparalleled window into ancient Egyptian culture and craftsmanship. Melinda Hartwig will discuss the painting and texts found in the unfinished Theban tomb chapel of Neferrenpet (known as Theban Tomb 43) dating to Egypt’s eighteenth dynasty. She will show what they reveal about the career and family of the tomb’s owner, the craftsmen who decorated the tomb, and more generally, the artistic approach to making and decorating tombs in ancient Egypt.

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    Living with White Sharks

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The Cape Cod white shark population has increased in recent years in response to the dramatic increase in the seal population. Shark sightings—some close to popular swimming and surfing beaches—are becoming more frequent and negative interactions between sharks and humans have become a real concern.

    Gregory Skomal has studied and tracked white sharks in the Atlantic for more than 30 years. In this lecture, he will examine the behavior, ecology, natural history, and population dynamics of this species, and how scientific research can help sharks and humans coexist in the Cape...

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    Cambridge Talks 2019: “Other Histories of the Digital”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    The historical narrative of digital architecture that has developed in the past two decades has been narrow in scope. Accounts have often focused on North American and European architects using personal computers and modeling software in schools and offices. Other Histories of the Digital aims to expand the discussion. What stories and methods come to the fore as we look at computation as a phenomenon with global reach, and which implicates many media and diverse forms of labor?

    Michael Osman, author of Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America...

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    Kiley Fellow Lecture: Monserrat Bonvehi Rosich

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the Kiley Fellow Lecture by Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich!

    Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich is a Lecturer of Landscape Architecture at the Graduate School of Design. She teaches in the Master of Landscape Architecture core studio sequence, the Ecology, Technology and Techniques sequence as well as design research seminars. Her research currently focuses on the relation between...

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    Lecture: Janette Sadik-Khan, “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture by Janette Sadik-Khan, author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.

    If you can change the street, you can change the world. Streetfight discusses the transformative power of streets and shows how reclaiming space for people to walk, bike and take public transportation sets cities on a path toward a more sustainable future.

    Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and...

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    Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems.

    Paul Turner (Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University) will discuss the “good, bad, and ugly” effects of viruses, from how they invade organisms and wreak havoc in biological systems to how they are used to control pests and develop cancer treatments, among other medical...

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    Leadership Begins in the Community: Peace Corps and Global Health

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    Livestreamed

    Please join the Harvard T.H. Chan school for the next Voices in Leadership event featuring Jody Olson, Director of the Peace Corps. This event will be freely livestreamed at hsph.me/Olson and an on-demand video will be archived at the same link. The moderator for this event will be announced shortly.

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    Lecture: Kimberly Dowdell, “Diverse City: How Equitable Design and Development Will Shape Urban Futures”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    How can real estate development and sustainable design be used to foster equitable and inclusive redevelopment in cities? That’s the challenge that has animated the career of Kimberly Dowdell MPA '15, an architect, developer, and educator who is focused on leading projects that help contribute to the revitalization of cities like Detroit, and also preparing the next generation of urban change agents.

    Delivering the 19th Annual John T. Dunlop Lecture, presented by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Dowdell—who has designed or managed over $100 million in assets in...

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    Aga Khan Program Lecture: Sahel Al Hiyari

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Please join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture by Sahel Al Hiyari for the Aga Kahn Program for Islamic Culture.

    Sahel Al Hiyari is the owner and principal architect at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (1990). His teaching activities include design studios “Arch Lab” organized by the Centre for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in collaboration with the Aga...

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    Art and Science Converge in the Deep Sea

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Lily Simonson and Peter Girguis exemplify the long tradition of artists and scientists working in tandem to explore new worlds—in their case, the magnificent deep sea. Simonson will discuss how the immersive, glowing canvases in her current exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, have been shaped by collaborations with scientists—whether exploring the depths of the ocean in a submersible or scuba diving beneath Antarctic sea ice. Girguis will reveal how working at sea with an artist has shaped his research and enabled him to see...

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    Great Russian Jews: David Oistrakh

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    This panel examines the remarkable achievements of the great violinist David Oistrakh (1908-1974). Born and raised in Odessa, Oistrakh became one of the 20th century’s preeminent musical virtuosi. He collaborated with leading musicians and composers of his time, among them Aram Khachatourian and Dmitri Shostakovich.

    Panelists will include: Oleh Krysa (Ukrainian-American Violinist; University of Rochester) and Harlow Robinson (Northeastern University).
    Moderated by Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College; Davis Center).

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